Philbrook Museum of Art is one of Tulsa’s top attractions, and has been ranked as one of the top 50 fine art museums in the country by the American Association of Museums. Housed in a historic home and gardens, it features over 16,000 pieces of European, Native American, and American art. House Beautiful Magazine rated it the most beautiful place in Oklahoma. Visitors will enjoy an audio tour of the museum, which is free of charge.
The city was once known as the oil capital of the world, but today is more known as a diverse city that offers something for everyone. The city offers a unique blend of African and Native American cultures as well as a cosmopolitan feel. It’s the second largest city in Oklahoma, and is a music town, with several venues dedicated to promoting local and national artists. In addition to performing music, the city recently opened the Bob Dylan Center in its Arts District, where visitors can take in the history of the city.
In addition to museums, Tulsa is home to the Tulsa Symphony, which features opera and orchestra performances. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities for cultural enrichment, with lectures, art exhibitions, dance shows, dramas, and expert-led workshops. Visitors can also explore the city’s Route 66 history, which can be found along the city’s Route 66 stretch. The city is home to countless historic buildings and landmarks, including the famed East Gateway Arch, and numerous old service stations.
The Tulsa River Parks offer a variety of outdoor adventures. There is a Chapman Adventure Playground with a variety of creative structures. SemGroup Sports Courts, a skate park, and the Midland Valley & River Parks Trails are also available. In addition to these, Tulsa also has a beautiful outdoor cafe and a patio where visitors can enjoy live entertainment. Many festivals in the area offer free concerts.
Tulsa experienced rapid growth. In the 1940 census, the city’s population was only 330 people. In the 1950 census, it had grown to 182,740 people. The population topped out at 72,075 by the 1920 census. As the population grew, the city sought to diversify its economy. Today, it is home to numerous museums and recreational sites. For the history buff, the city’s relics of the past are still visible in its downtown.
Visitors can learn about the history of Tulsa at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. The museum features vintage aircraft, interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a theater that immerses the viewer in the experience. If you have a family that is interested in aviation, you can take a tour of Tulsa’s world at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.
A trip to Tulsa is incomplete without a visit to the Golden Driller. The city is heavily rooted in the oil industry, and the city flourished when drilling derricks were prevalent. Standing at 76 feet high, the golden statue is a prominent part of the city’s history. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a decent photo of it without standing in the street. If you visit the Golden Driller, make sure to take a picture of it!